Two weeks ago, I shared part one, the pre-planning, of the owl-themed baby shower. This past weekend, my mom hosted the shower in her house, and I was asked to provide the desserts. I’ve learned over the years not to say no to my mom, and I certainly never say no to dessert! I didn’t attend the shower, but stopped by ahead of time to drop off the goodies. Everything looked adorable. She had all different kinds of pink candies arranged on her coffee table and baby pink roses in various arrangements. The favors went perfectly with the theme and invitation, little owl hand towels from Target and mini soaps from Bath and Body Works were wrapped up in cellophane bags for each guest.
As for the desserts, I made made baby girl owl cupcakes inspired by Hello, Cupcake!, one of the best books out there on making cupcakes. What I love about these baker/authors is that they’ve designed cupcakes that anyone can make. You don’t need a piping kit. They show you how to cut Ziplocs to pipe. You don’t need to be a baker. They use cake from a box and fancy it up a bit. The candies used to decorate the cupcakes can be easily found at the grocery store. This is a must-have book for cupcake lovers! To make the cupcakes, I used large marshmallows and chocolate chips for the eyes. I found chocolate-covered sunflower seeds in my candy stash, which worked perfectly for beaks. I used a leaf piping tip for the ears and fur and melted a handful of red candy wafers to pipe little red bows.
As for the other sweets, I made brownie pops with Valentine sprinkles. My mom said these were a hit. What is it about these? I guess because they’re cute and taste good, people go crazy for them. I don’t know about you, but I prefer the taste of brownie pops, over cake pops. Maybe I just haven’t found the perfect frosting to cake ratio yet. My all-time favorite pops though are cheesecake pops (recipe from the Sticky, Gooey, Mess, Chewy cookbook) The recipe is posted on Hostess With the Mostess. These are a little more time intensive, and time is something I don’t have much of these days. I did, however, set aside time to make owl sugar cookies, because every party should end with sugar cookie favors. I know my favorite cookie blogger idols (you know who you are) will agree!
I’ve had my pink, girly fix for awhile. I guess it’s back to legos, Pokemon, and the Nintendo DSI for now (Lord, help me! ).